Fulvous Owl

Fulvous Owl

A Reference for North and Central American Owls

The Fulvous Owl is a bold Owl. In behavior it is not as aggressive nor as large as the Barred Owl although more similar in appearance than to the Spotted Owl. It also has a different vocalization than either Barred or Spotted Owls. In its cloud forest habitats it can often be found in the mornings and afternoons although it is primarily nocturnal (mostly active at night). Fulvous Owl is very responsive to imitations and playbacks of it's own call. There has been more attention given to this species with recent records of the owl being found in the mountains of Oaxaca and dispute of a new potential species of its cousin Barred Owl - Cinereous Owl. It is clearly vocally and visually different from its close relatives the Barred Owls and Spotted Owls. This complex of owls (Mexican Barred Owl - Cinereous Owl, Fulvous Owl, and Mexican Spotted Owl) are a subject of much debate at the time of this writing. Research is clearly needed here and sadly lacking. Here you can find photos, recordings and information to help identify and enjoy this beautiful owl. The Field Notes section includes a Central American range map, brief discussion, and information on nesting, habitat, description and classification.

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